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Signs of poor contractors – friend of a friend

Posted on Monday April 9, 2012
While a friend of a friend may also be a good contractor, you likely will be less inclined to make certain he or she is the one who can do the job right. Read more »

Signs of poor contractors – upfront payments, poor estimates

Posted on Monday April 9, 2012
If you are asked for a large payment in advance of the work by a contractor, beware. Read more »

Signs of poor contractors – what’s that name again?

Posted on Monday April 9, 2012
By changing their company name, a contractor can stay in business for many years, ripping off customers with great abandon. Read more »

Renovation? Know what lies ahead

Posted on Monday April 9, 2012
If you are thinking of renovation in order to flip a home, do the math and consider carefully what you are taking on. Read more »

Size matters to the building budget

Posted on Sunday March 25, 2012
The size of the home you are building or the area you are renovating will have a big effect on the construction or renovation budget. Read more »

The system behind the scenes

Posted on Sunday March 25, 2012
You may never see the system that is hidden behind the walls of your home but it is this system that is the most important part of the dwelling. Read more »

Finish may finish the budget

Posted on Sunday March 25, 2012
Having a one-off finish and staying within budget are very hard things to accomplish together. Read more »

What homework does your contractor do?

Posted on Thursday March 15, 2012
When choosing a contractor to work on your home, it might pay to check on the kind of homework your contractor does to remain current in his trade. Read more »

Flooded basement? Get it into rehab ASAP

Posted on Thursday February 9, 2012
Flooded basement? Get it into rehab ASAP One of the worst yet most common disasters a homeowner can suffer is the flooding of a basement. Read more »

When a cold room is a good room

Posted on Thursday February 9, 2012
In pioneer days, many homes had ‘root cellars.’ Today, root cellars are called ‘cold rooms’ and they are prized by people who like to store food. Read more »

Homes off the grid

Posted on Thursday February 9, 2012
Homes off the grid Some home owners have difficulties getting power from the public grid. There are alternatives and they are getting more affordable. Read more »

A primer on condo-buying

Posted on Thursday February 9, 2012
More people than ever before are living in condominiums. In some markets in North America, one in three real estate transactions are related to condos. To play in this game, know the rules. Read more »

Heated floors

Posted on Thursday February 9, 2012
In-floor heating is becoming more popular and homeowners and buyers are wondering which kind of heating is best. The answer is, it all depends… Read more »

Cathedral ceilings considerations

Posted on Thursday February 9, 2012
If you are considering buying a home with a cathedral ceiling, consider the insulation. Read more »

Seeing lines on walls?

Posted on Thursday February 9, 2012
If you are seeing stains in lines or strips on the walls of the bathroom after a shower these could be due to leaks or, more likely, from condensation from piping behind the wallboard. Don’t panic. Read more »

Siding – more than skin deep

Posted on Thursday February 9, 2012
This siding of your home is an important part of the “building envelope” which means it protects the home from threats like wind and, most critical, water. Read more »

Brick Siding

Posted on Thursday February 9, 2012
Brick is wonderful as a home siding material but it does require maintenance. Read more »

Stone Siding

Posted on Thursday February 9, 2012
Stone is a great siding material that can add curb appeal and value to homes. Read more »

Aluminum Siding

Posted on Thursday February 9, 2012
Aluminum siding dates back to the 1970s and ’80s. Once economical, it is often replaced with more modern siding materials like vinyl. Read more »

Vinyl Siding

Posted on Thursday February 9, 2012
Vinyl is now the preferred choice of siding for millions of homeowners because of its many styles, colors and relatively low cost. Read more »